Check Out this new Blog by BJS Member Rev. Thomas Messer

Rev. Thomas Messer has been with BJS from the beginning over a year ago and his comment on this and other discussion sites has moved him to restart his blog “Abide in My Word.” We will be checking it frequently and encourage you to do the same. You can find it by clicking here. We of course recommend that you add it to your RSS feed program, so you will be notified immediately of any new posts on it.

Rev. Messer is pastor of Peace Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Alma, a quaint little town in southern Michigan. He is also writing a book on dispensationalism and has other confessional projects in the works. We will alert you when those rescources become available.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


Check Out this new Blog by BJS Member Rev. Thomas Messer — 7 Comments

  1. A little about the geography: Alma is considered to be in central Michigan. It’s neighbor to the east, St. Louis (Michigan, that is), is the “middle of the mitten.” They have a marker to prove it 🙂

  2. In the interests of truth, I would like to remind the readers of BJS that Michigan is the only state with two (2) peninsulas. Alma and St. Louis may lay claim to being in the middle of the lower peninsula (referenced by “yoppers” as the land of the trolls) but the actual middle of Michigan lays much farther north and west – near Traverse City when the Upper Peninsula (commonly referred to as “God’s country”) is included in the complete geography. This fact has nothing to do with Pastor Messer’s blog which is well worth adding to one’s reading list.

  3. Geography Buffs,

    I was going from memory and mistakingly located Alma in the south. My bad. Thanks Dennis for putting the best construction on my geographic heterodoxy.

    If I weren’t from Iowa (“Is this heaven? No, this is Iowa.) I could agree with you that the UP is God’s country. We recently did the circle tour of Lake Superior and relished such places as the porkies, Copper Harbor, Whitefish Point, Mackinac, et. al. Actually, the stretch from Sault St. Marie to Wawa, Ontario was the most stunning scenery we have seen outside of the Rockies and the Cascades/Olympics (I through the Pacific Northwest in for Pierce and Diekmann.)


  4. Pastor Rossow –
    One can garner a great deal of appreciation for the splendor of God’s creation via a circle tour of Lake Superior. However, to the first-born yoppers, this smacks of Law-Gospel reductionism if one neglects to emerse oneself into Lake Superior (as in full emersion – Baptist style!) If one is to fully experience the beauty of the largest inland lake, the baptism experience is paramount.

  5. Dennis,

    True, we did not get any deeper into Lake Superior than the ankles, however, there was a “baptism experience.”

    We spent a night on Isle Royale. On the trip over to the isalnd we encountered 6-8 foot waves. Sitting on the lower deck, as we looked out when we were in the bottom of a swell, tilting to what seemed like a 45 degree angle (it was probably no more than about 5 degrees or so) we could see no norizon, nothing but water. We were truly immersed in Lake Superior.


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